Miriam Landor lives and writes in Orkney, an archipelago off the north coast of Scotland. Here she has put down roots, after an international childhood following her father’s United Nations career. 

Previously an author and editor of professional books and journal articles, she now focuses on writing narrative non-fiction.

Miriam recently won agent feedback through Creative Scotland’s Our Voices project for her current work, a memoir / family history: “This application was very strong indeed… a rich and powerful book”.

She has benefited from NUJ’s mentoring programme and organises monthly Scottish Islands group meetings for the Society of Authors. She belongs to various writing support groups formed through social media and acts as beta reader for several published authors.

Miriam’s first degree was in English literature, with subsequent degrees in education and in psychology, which each inform her work.

Whenever the Orkney sea is calm enough, you’ll find her swimming in it.

Video Interaction Guidance: a relationship-based intervention to promote attunement, empathy and well-being. 2011 eds Kennedy, Landor and Todd, JKP https://uk.jkp.com/products/video-interaction-guidance
Video Enhanced Reflective Practice: professional development through attuned interactions. 2014 eds Kennedy, Landor and Todd, JKP https://uk.jkp.com/products/video-enhanced-reflective-practice?_pos=1&_sid=364a5d2e7&_ss=r

Latest blogs

  • Kristallnacht – the night of broken glass
    84 years ago, on 29th September 1938, Richard and Edith Landauer and their three children fled Germany for London. Their youngest, my father Robert, was eleven years old. Ten days later, on 9th November 1938, attacks were made by the SA and by members of the public against Jews, Jewish property and synagogues. Broken glass littered the […]
  • Writing in two languages
    The Society of Authors, of which I am a member, hosts regular meetings for local and special interest groups. I run the Scottish Islands online group, and we were recently addressed by Donald E. Meek. Donald was Professor of Scottish and Gaelic studies at the University of Edinburgh, before he retired and went back to […]
  • Orla and the selkie
    At the start of August my brother came to stay, bringing his young dog Orla. Orla is of the breed ‘working golden retriever’, with a smaller frame, shorter coat and darker colour than the more usual family pet. Her name means ‘golden princess’. My urge to be swimming in the sea comes to a head […]
  • Submitting!
    What a curious term ‘submitting’ is, to describe the collaborative project of author, agent and publisher, as they come together with a common aim of preparing a book for the delight of the reading public. But submission is the stage I am now at in my writing journey.  In my previous books, published by Jessica […]
  • The safehouse
    I picked up my old copy of Michel Faber’s The Fahrenheit Twins recently. The first story in the collection intrigued me, all over again. It’s called ‘The Safehouse’, and in it the narrator tells of a full day in his life as a rough sleeper, from waking one morning to waking the next day. The tone is […]